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Hi! So I have a male Netherland Dwarf rabbit who has not been neutered and is only a couple years old. He loves to be held, he can't get enough of it! But every time I do hold him he always chews on my jackets and shirts! Sometimes when he is doing this he accidentally bites me. I do not punish him in any way for his actions when he does this I just simply remove him from the spot he is chewing on and set him down again in a different place but then he usually continues. He has ruined a couple of my jackets and shirts. But other than all of this he is not aggressive in any way and he is a very sweet little guy! I was wondering if there was any way I can get him to stop chewing on my clothes and would it hurt him if he swallowed the material?

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Hi Meagan

What a cheeky monkey your bunny is! Unfortunately there's not a lot you can do, some bunnies are just a bit cheeky like that.

The action he's doing may be him trying to groom you. Have you thought about neutering him and getting him a wifebun to groom instead?

He shouldn't swallow fabric though, that could cause gut blockages. If you have him sat on your lap and you see it coming, have a bunny safe chew toy in your hand to distract with, such as a willow ball or willow chew sticks.

Good luck!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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